Me too - i wud love to give up the evil weed. I have tried six or seven times but have failed each time (guess i have got crap willpower).
I have tried the following NRT's
Gum - This tasted soo bad that i had to have a fag to get the flavour out of my mouth.
Patches - gave me a headache and made me manic and aggressive.
Glucose - Was told by my GP that this would help with my withdrawel as is lessoned the craving for nicotine - didn't work.
Tell you what man - you let me know when and i try to give up with you.
I smoked for years and got ill as a result so had to give up. It was easy for me to do in a way. Seeing so many of my family die as a result of smoking and my scare, it kind of was enough to just pack it in! Of course I would love a fag right now, but I refrain and maybe have a drink instead once in a while! It's definitely easier now it's non-smoking everywhere. When I tried to give up years back, it was near impossible in the pubs and clubs. I found Alan Carr's book (I think that's his name - he's an American, not the camp bloke on telly!) really useful in giving up. I can't remember what it's called now - Amazon should have it. Lucozade and exercise helped too. The price was also a major factor! I was a bit of a snob anyway and smoked lucky strikes or gauloises from France - both of which you don't see in many places, apart from France!
Best of luck - believe in yourself and you'll get there!
I am also wanting to quit, partly for my own health and empty pockets and partly for my girlfriend who hate's it !
I have been smoking for about 15 years and have only ever tried properly about 2 times but never been able to ! i tried the patches but they gave me really bad head aches so i just gave up on trying ! also with our baby only about 3 months away, i dont want to be smelling of smoke when im doing my bit !
If you guys are going to set a date then please let me know so i can try with you ! would be good to go thru it with other people at the same time !
I gave up about a year or so ago for six months,stupidly I got sucked back in as a bit of a social smoker. Im currently not smoking and chew nicotine gum-I do sometimes feel like it's a bit psychological but I continue with it as I reckon it's best to have a bit of gum than smoke,eventually I will try and cut it out.
For those that have tried gum and thought it tasted horrid,try Nicorette fresh mint as it's like chewing normal chewing gum really,you don't chew it in your mouth as often though as will give you heartburn etc,you do get used to headaches on the patches eventually aswell as i've tried them aswell,patches made me have very strange dreams for some reason.
Having an understanding partner helps as for me I get a bit grumpy,some me time helps alot.
Cal - set whatever date your happy with, because im using the NHS stop smoking service i had to set a date this week. We can support each other either way.
Tell you what though, a day away and I'm begining to get a tad nervous - am I a wuss or is this normal ? I guess they have been a part of my life for sooooooo long now that its a big thing not to have them.